Your Image

What Not to Wear

When I lived in Belgium, I put my Cordon Bleu courses to good use and wrote monthly restaurant review columns for several publications. In Belgium there are several restaurant review magazines that come out yearly: beautiful glossy publications with eye-catching color photos of the restaurants and a review of the…
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What You Look Good In

Socio-biologists say that buried deep inside us, we all have compelling urges related to survival. Nearly everything we do and every decision we make is related to these survival instincts. It’s in our DNA. You think you choose colors that make you look good. You think you choose what you…
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Women Who Growl

Listen carefully and you’ll notice that there’s a weird phenomenon going on with young girls and young women. They have a growly cynical tone to their voices. I’m talking about the very nasal method of communicating that is accompanied by a harsh scratchy growl emanating deep within the throat area.…
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Get the Red Dress

When I was seventeen, I walked across the auditorium stage of Norview High School to perform a piano recital. I didn’t get off to good start. As I walked onto the stage, a boy behind the curtains hissed “Hey, where’d you get that haircut, Boney Maroney?” I sat down to…
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Color Me Correctly, Please

Whether you are a woman just entering the workforce, the first woman to rise up the ranks and head your department or company, or one negotiating multi-million dollar deals, the impression that you make is going to determine the outcome. An important part of that impression is influenced by the…
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Are You Assertive or Aggressive?

Why is it that when a woman speaks up in a direct manner at work, she is labeled harsh or aggressive? “Who does she think she is?” is the consensus. When a man speaks up, he is said to be a decisive and strong leader. Psychologists agree that while outspoken…
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More Image Myths

“But I have a big waistline, I can’t wear a wide belt,” a recent workshop attendee bemoaned when I suggested she do so. The other women in the group agreed with me that she could. And furthermore, that it made her waistline look quite slim. Before you throw your arms…
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